Steve Robertson - Genespage.com

With a weekend sweep on the road, Mississippi State heads into conference play winners of three straight.

The Mississippi State soccer team entered this away games weekend coming off a great win against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. They would be tested though by two very good teams coming off of two game win streaks as they faced off against South Alabama and Southern Miss.

Coach Aaron Gordon was pleased with the teams previous result, but still felt like the team needed to work on their defense against set pieces as they had given up two already in the past two games. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs could not take their coaches words and act on them as in the first game they found themselves down a goal again off a deflected ball from a set piece in the 53rd minute after keeping the entire first half scoreless. Mississippi State would rally back though scoring in the 66th minute as Kennadi Carbin single handedly scored the equalizing goal for the Bulldogs.

Overall the Southern Alabama team was on the attack the entire game posting 13 corner kicks against the Mississippi State women and forcing 10 saves by goalkeeper Tanya De Souza with 26 shots total. All though the opposing team was on the attack the Bulldogs dug in deep and forced the game to end in a tie which caused overtime.

In the first overtime period, the Bulldogs broke through making the score 2-1 in their favor in the 101st minute as the clearance by the South Alabama defense deflected off McKenna de Graaf and went into the back of the net. This would be the deciding goal and the Mississippi State women escaped Mobile, Alabama with a victory 2-1 over the Jaguars of South Alabama.

 After their Friday night win, the Bulldogs traveled to Southern Mississippi to take on the Golden Eagles who after Friday night sported a three game win streak and looked to extend that over the Bulldogs. The Mississippi State women dominated the whole game though taking four corner kicks and forcing six saves out of the Golden Eagles goalkeeper in the first half.

When the whistle blew for halftime the Bulldogs and Southern Miss women could not be separated as the score was 0-0. The 2nd half was much of the same as the first half as the Mississippi State women dominated yet again. The breakthrough came just five minutes after the 2nd half started as the Southern Miss defense committed an own goal giving the 1-0 lead to the Bulldogs. That own goal would end up being the deciding factor as the Mississippi State women cruised to a 1-0 victory and sweeping the weekend with two victories.

With the Bulldogs (4-2) now showing out a three game win streak they head into their first conference game this upcoming weekend as they prepare for the Razorbacks of Arkansas (5-1) on Saturday night and then take on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday afternoon. The Razorbacks have had a great season so far by posting a five game win streak, however that streak was snapped this past weekend so the Bulldogs will have to be ready as Arkansas will be trying to get back in the win column. Both games should be a great challenge for the Mississippi State women as they put their own three game win streak on the line.


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